How to Dry Lash Extensions: Expert Tips & Mistakes to Avoid

By Emily M.| Last updated on June 22, 2023
Tips on how to dry eyelash extensions
⏱️ 5 min read

Lash extensions can give your eyes a subtle or dramatic enhancement, and help you look put together every day of the week without the need for makeup.

By now, you’re probably familiar with the importance of lash cleansing on a daily basis, but, is drying them really necessary?

In this blog, we cover how to dry lash extensions and explain why it’s important, plus, we give some useful lash drying tips for clients and technicians.

Why Is Drying Your Lash Extension Important?

Lash extensions are only as good as the care you put into them. Properly drying your lashes is key to maintaining their shape, longevity, and overall appearance.

Lash extension drying is a very important aftercare step because water or moisture can get trapped in the extensions and weaken the adhesive bond, leading to premature lash shedding.

Additionally, excessive moisture can contribute to the growth of bacteria, which can lead to eye irritation or infections.

Not to mention, your lashes won’t look as appealing when closed and not being their regular, fluffy selves.

So, by implementing the right drying techniques, you can prolong the life of your lash extensions and keep them looking fresh for a longer period of time!

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How to Dry Lash Extensions – Tips for Artists

Gone are the days when lash techs relied on air drying alone. Specialized products for lash extension drying exist and now is the time to put them to good use. Here are some useful tips for drying lash adhesive and lash extensions:

Curing Tips for How to Dry Eyelash Extensions

Curing is a process that is essential for long-lasting retention. It implies drying the adhesive inside out, not only superficially, with the help of moisture or fine mist particles.

For drying and curing, most lash techs use devices like a mini lash fan, a nano mister, or a nebulizer.

A nano mister is a preferred gadget in many lash bars and studios when it comes to lash extension curing. By using a nano mister you can introduce hydrogen through the fine mist it emits and in that way cure the extensions more quickly.

However, you shouldn’t use it for too long, as this can lead to the whitening of lash extensions and cause a reverse effect when it comes to retention.

A lash extension drying fan, or a mini lash fan, is a handheld device used to dry the extensions and cure the lash adhesive with the help of air circulation. It is typically battery-powered and mimics your standard blow dryer but without heat.

Lash fans can be quite beneficial for a couple of reasons – first, they reduce the time your clients have to keep their eyes closed, and second, they can prevent the lashes from sticking together or moving out of place.

Learn all about lash extension curing, plus find more useful tips and products here.

How to Dry Eyelash Extensions After Washing

Lash baths are an essential part of lash extension prep and are the best way to end the treatment as well. That’s why you need effective and good-quality tools to make the lash extension drying process after lash baths quick and easy.

We highly recommend using a microfiber cloth to remove excess moisture from your clients’ lashes as well as their extensions, as microfiber won’t get caught in the extensions or leave any thread.

You can finish off the drying process with a lash fan instead of waiting for the lashes to air dry. When the lashes are dry, make sure to brush through them with a spoolie. This will help with separation and untangling.

How to Dry Eyelash Extensions – Tips for Clients

Cleansing your lash extensions on a daily basis ensures that your natural lashes stay healthy and that your extensions stay fluffy and fresh.

And since drying them is a very important step in lash extension maintenance and aftercare, let’s take a look at the best practices for bathing with lash extensions and lash extension drying:

How to Keep Lash Extensions Dry In the Shower

Bathing with lash extensions is often a subject of confusion for many people.

It is perfectly safe to bathe with your extensions, as long as you don’t expose them to direct water pressure or get them soaking wet for prolonged periods of time. You can read more about it here.

Our tip for safe showering with lash extensions is to tilt your head back and away from the water stream, or if you have to stand directly under the shower, get extension-safe goggles.

How to Dry Eyelash Extensions After Shower

The quickest option for lash extension drying is to use a mini lash fan or your standard blow dryer set to cool. Make sure you avoid holding the blow dryer too close to your lashes to avoid any damage.

But if you’re wondering how to dry lashes without fan, the best and safest way to do this is to tap them gently with a microfiber cloth or towel and let them air dry. Just remember to comb through them with a spoolie once they are completely dry.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Drying Lash Extensions

To ensure the best care for your lash extensions during the drying process, here are some common mistakes to avoid:

Rubbing Your Lashes

Vigorous rubbing with rough towels can cause friction and damage your lash extensions. Opt for soft, lint-free towels or microfiber cloths and gently pat the lashes instead.

Using Heat Settings on Hairdryers

Excessive heat can weaken the adhesive bond of the lash extensions or cause them to lose their shape. Stick to cool air settings for drying your extensions safely.

Applying Products on Damp Lashes

Avoid applying makeup or serums to your lash extensions until they are completely dry. Moisture can interfere with the effectiveness of the products and compromise the longevity of your extensions.

In Conclusion

Properly drying your lash extensions is a very important step in maintaining their longevity and ensuring they look their best.

By gently patting them dry, using a blow dryer set to cool, or simply letting them air dry naturally, you can effectively and efficiently dry your lash extensions without compromising their quality or adhesive bond.

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